Thunderhead IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States
pyramidbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden nectar with a striking floral aroma, Thunderhead holds a harmonious balance between its bold hop bitterness and subtle malt background.

Added by Jason on 09-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
684
Reviews:
437
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
15.25%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
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0
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Photo of muldersha
2.06/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a 22oz bomber purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a pretty deep amber hue with a solid chunky white head and decent retention and lacing.

Aromas are piney, but mostly steely. Smells of steel, pine , and more steel.

Malty and medium to medium full bodied on the palate. Finish is sweet and malty with a nice cut of bitter hops.

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Photo of Zanico
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like honey, nice transparent shade of amber with slight cloudiness to it. Head is tan with decent retention and lacing, forming a film on the surface on the liquid. Very strong aromas of bread, caramel, and raisins. Hops are faint. To the taste it is the same, but herbal, rindy, resinous hops are stronger, balancing out malt qualities, and at their biggest toward the end. Mildly bitter and astringent finish. Medium-bodied, not terribly carbonated, not super smooth. Overall an interesting, different IPA. Nice change of scenery.

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Photo of airpup
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jtcnashua
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orangey amber brew with plenty of foam in the Einbecker Pils glass. Modest resiny aroma. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel with a bitter tang.

Flavor of orange with some peel. Woody, even a hint of cardboard. Dank and herbal hops. Big bitter aftertaste. Tasty malt with a hint of sweetness. Some fruity baked pear flavors.

This is a big-flavored brew with a different flavor than the typical current West Coast IPAs. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of M477
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hammerhead18
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ideal place for this beer: beer you pick up at a quiky mart on the way to your aunts Thanksgiving dinner in Newberg, OR. Your cousin from Seattle says its not really a "micro", but he only drinks "nano" beers.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Harvest06
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Roadking1979
1.99/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

22 oz. bomber from Albertson's grocery close to Bremerton, Washington. perhaps this Indiana boy is spoiled by the easy availability of Alpha King and Two-Hearted, but my first foray into Pyramid beers was not memorable. Some floral hints and decent coloring, but otherwise non-descript and bland throughout. Would drink this over a Coors Light...on second thought, maybe not. Hope Pyramid has more to offer and will do more research before buying another.

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Photo of jaemeno3
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of double2chin
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of florisj135
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mr-jj
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Anaxagoris
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -12%

Thunderhead IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.41 out of 5 based on 684 ratings.
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